No easy an­swers for Chan­dler

New York Daily News - - SPORTS - BY KRIS­TIAN WIN­FIELD

Nets for­ward Wil­son Chan­dler, who will forego the re­main­der of the sea­son, said there’s no right or wrong an­swer to the ques­tion of whether to play in the NBA’s Or­lando bub­ble.

“I re­spect any­one who’s go­ing or any­one who’s not go­ing,” Chan­dler said on the Court Vi­sion Pod­cast. “For me per­son­ally, just the un­known with this whole COVID thing, and hav­ing a grand­mother who just turned 87 and is bat­tling all types of ill­nesses, and hav­ing young kids. I think it’s more im­por­tant for me to be at home with my fam­ily tak­ing care of my fam­ily.

“And then if you throw the whole so­cial jus­tice and ev­ery­thing that’s go­ing on with po­lice bru­tal­ity and the gov­ern­ment, it just makes it that much more dif­fi­cult.”

The Nets signed jour­ney­man for­ward Justin Anderson af­ter Chan­dler’s an­nounce­ment.

Chan­dler had taken over for Tau­rean Prince as the Nets’ start­ing power for­ward in the three games lead­ing up to the March 11 coro­n­avirus hia­tus.

Those min­utes now pro­ject to split be­tween Prince, re­serve for­ward Ro­di­ons Ku­rucs, and Anderson.

Chan­dler av­er­aged six points, four re­bounds and an as­sist for the Nets this sea­son. He signed a one-year deal at the vet­eran’s min­i­mum but was sus­pended for the first 25 games of the year due to a failed drug test.

It was Kenny Atkin­son who made the de­ci­sion to in­sert Chan­dler into the start­ing lineup in fa­vor of Prince. Atkin­son and the Nets parted ways shortly af­ter, with Jacque Vaughn re­plac­ing him as the in­terim coach.

“With­out (Atkin­son) we don’t get to where we are now. It’s like that with a lot of dif­fer­ent teams — you see the in­cre­men­tal steps to get to the place they are now. With­out Mark Jack­son, maybe Golden State doesn’t get to that cham­pi­onship,” Chan­dler said. “I can’t say cons be­cause I don’t know the ins and outs of his de­par­ture. But the things he did do: He took guys who didn’t play much and he took guys who were kind of af­ter­thoughts on other teams and he made them bet­ter. He made a lot of guys bet­ter and made them gel well on the court.”

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